In a recent blog, Jamie Jackson of FreeStyle Games announced a new patch with some exciting new content for Guitar Hero Live
. Based on community feedback, players will now be able to go head-to-head with other players via Rival Challenges.
Starting today, when you pop into the GHTV channels, you’ll experience what we are calling Rival Challenges. As you play through the channels, you will periodically be matched up against a similar-skilled opponent to square off, 1-on-1 style, in a song battle to test your skills. Here’s how it works:
--To unlock Rival Challenges, you will need to be level 10 or higher. We decided this because once you hit level 10, you will have gained access to Guitar Upgrades and accumulated some Hero Powers, which we think introduces fun and interesting layers of competition.
--Rival Challenges will occur twice in every half-hour show. The song choices will be picked by us, so you’ll always need to be ready!
--Your opponent will be of relatively close skill level, paired with you through our underlying matchmaking technology.
--The winner of each battle earns an extra +100 Status XP, along with bragging rights of course.
--Another bonus is showing off the personalisation items you’ve earned in GHTV. When a battle kicks off, both you and your opponent will see each other’s playercard and note highway on screen.
Additionally, we’ve added the ability to mark a song as a “favorite” so that you can revisit your most beloved songs. You can do so either directly in the on-demand catalog, or after you play a song in a channel. These tracks will now be marked in the catalog with a “heart” icon, and you can filter the list as you normally do if you just want to see your favorites.
Plus, we’re now gifting players who have depleted their song play tokens. If you log into GHTV with zero plays, we’re giving you a daily reward of three plays so that you can play whichever tracks you want on-demand.
In addition to all that Guitar Hero
goodness, Jackson also said that holiday tracks are now available, so you can rock out with some of your Christmas favorites.
The new patch for Guitar Hero Live
is available now.